Monday, April 22, 2013

New sign-up procedure for #boutofbooks 7.0

Note: This is NOT the sign-up post. The official sign-up post will go live on Monday, 4/29.

Howdy, #boutofbooks-ers!

Amanda and I have been brainstorming on ways to streamline the sign-up process and we've come up with something that is a little different from what we've done in the past.

On Monday, 4/29, the sign-up linky will go live. In order to be considered a participant of Bout of Books 7.0, you need to have a post declaring your intention to join us so you can link that post in the linky. This post can either be a simple "I'm participating in Bout of Books 7.0" with our official blurb and a link back to our site OR you can go the full monty and list out your goals, books you intend to read, etc. YOUR CHOICE.

Easy peasy, right?

In addition to the linky, there will also be an OPTIONAL section to add your social media links to our Social Hour. This is so we, as a community of book lovers, can interact and find one another across the blogosphere.

"But, guys," you might be saying, "why the changes? I liked it the way it was!"

Quite simply, the previous process with the Master List was the single largest component of Bout of Books that caused confusion. We addressed sign-up issues every read-a-thon that drove it home that we needed to change the way we were doing things.

So we are.

Bottom line: The new procedure requires ONLY that you declare your intent to join us for the read-a-thon and link up that post on the sign-up post (check out the Getting Started page for the official blurb and buttons, if you want to prepare your post early).

If you don't have a blog, we have a couple of options for you...
  • Tweet about the read-a-thon and link that tweet in the sign-up linky
  • Post about the read-a-thon on Facebook and link that post in the sign-up linky
  • Leave a comment on the sign-up post letting us know you'll be joining us and link that comment in the linky. (in the event you have no other outlet) 
If you have any questions about the new sign-up process, please comment here or talk to us on Twitter or Facebook. And don't worry--we'll go over everything again during the actual sign up.

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